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  • Director of Corporate Services - Lancaster City Council - Close Date: 3rd August 2020 -

    Director of Corporate Services

     

    Remuneration – c£81,000 to £89,000

     

    Lancaster City district is situated in the very heart of one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse parts of the country. Our district combines the urban centres of Lancaster, Carnforth and Morecambe, each with their own distinctive characters. Our region includes areas of outstanding natural beauty as well as encompassing the new and exciting Eden of the North. The district is culturally and historically rich, with a wealth of untapped potential, and two successful universities within its boundaries. We want to create social value through a programme of sustained community wealth building against the backdrop of countless competing pressures including climate change and ever-increasing financial constraints.

     

    We now need an innovative and strategic leader who will harness and engage the skills and experience of our people to implement our programme of change and become a key figure in our progressive leadership team. The role is multidimensional requiring significant skill in blending our key resources, people and finances to create better opportunity and enable all our residents and stakeholders through an improved, environment wellbeing, economy and neighbourhoods

     

    Applying your core financial and commercial expertise in a much broader role, you will be able to interpret our strategic aspirations translating them into effective, innovative actions across a range of activity, with a collaborative, collegiate and partnering approach demonstrating an inclusive and corporate leadership style in a complex organisational setting.

     

    We have an exciting and ambitious agenda; come and join us to enjoy playing a key role achieving success for our residents.

     

    For an informal discussion about the role contact our retained consultants at Penna: Zara Watson on 07784 038037, Pete John on 07701 305617 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467.

     

    Please click apply if you would like to download the candidate briefing pack.

     

    Closing date: Monday 3rd August 2020 at 9:00am

    Apply now
  • Chief Executive - Cotswold District Council - Closing Date: 9th August 2020 -

    Spark transformation. Make change happen.

     

    Whatever you might think about the Cotswolds, think again! We are.

     

    Up to £110,000 p.a.

     

    We’re changing and modernising. Under new political leadership we’ve already begun driving forward innovation, tackling the climate emergency and putting the service back into Public Service.

     

    As Chief Executive, you’ll bring energy and strategic vision to help accelerate innovation, create responsive services and benefit our 90,000 residents.

     

    Our district is a wonderful area that deserves the best from us. That’s why we’re keen to modernise quickly, working with and for our local communities. Although you’ll join us in a challenging post-pandemic climate, you’ll have the energy and motivation to make exciting things happen, from digital transformation and improved efficiency through to smart place and community thinking.

     

    Currently, services are provided by a successful and innovative shared services company in partnership with neighbouring councils. This means your role is less about managing large teams and services, and more about shaping and commissioning effective services that make the right impact.

     

    You’ll also be tackling issues such as creating genuinely affordable housing amid the climate emergency, shaping public transport with an eye on the bigger picture and leading the charge to help stimulate economic growth in our District. Digital, cyber, big data and knowledge is at the heart of our economic strategy, and these concepts should be at the heart of the Council driving that program too. The key will be to influence, collaborate and bring fresh strategic thinking.

     

    Although you may not work in local government, you’ll understand the priorities for public services. And you’ll have the leadership skills to inspire others and make change happen. Be at the front of change in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds.

     

    For further information please click here: https://jobs.localgov.co.uk/job/144099/chief-executive/

     

    To download a copy of the job description, please click the apply link below

     

    For a confidential discussion please call our retained consultants at Penna, Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or Josh Bembridge on 07739 985 331.

     

    Closing Date: 9th August 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Director Strategic Services - Guildford Borough Council (Closing Date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020) -

    Director of Strategic Services

    c£100,000

     

    Shaping a Future Guildford

     

    Guildford borough is a diverse mix of town and country and both elements are equally important. We are committed to ensuring residents continue to enjoy both a sustainable town and rural economy. Our role is to protect and enhance the environment and balance the needs of all residents and visitors with the desired outcome of improved overall wellbeing. Sustainability sits at the heart of this balancing process. It is crucial that the borough remains attractive to both residents and businesses.

     

    We are passionate, ambitious and determined to move forward and to future proof our Borough for our residents. Reporting into the Managing Director, you will join us at an exciting time as we look to unlock and deliver our ambitious plans for town centre regeneration, enhanced infrastructure and sustainable growth across the borough. You will bring a strong track record of place-shaping, planning, urban regeneration and excellent partnering capabilities. You will also be resilient, driven, commercial and entrepreneurial in outlook and share our passion for delivering our vision.

     

    If you are an inspirational and motivational leader who likes a challenge and wants to work for a forward thinking and ambitious organisation…we want to hear from you.

     

    For more information about this exciting opportunity please click the apply button below to download the candidate brieifing pack.

     

    For a confidential discussion, please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692.  

     

    Closing date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020.

     

    Apply now
  • Chief Executive - Northamptonshire Children's Trust - Closing Date: 14th August 2020 -

    Serving our children and young people across two new unitary councils

     

    c£155k

     

    Location: Northampton

     

    It’s an exciting time to be working in Local Government and Children’s Services in Northamptonshire. In May 2019 the Secretary of State announced the creation of two new unitary authorities and the establishment of a standalone Children’s Trust, which will deliver children’s social care, targeted early help and young offending services to these new organisations in the North and West of Northamptonshire.

     

    The Children’s Trust will allow for a single focus on improving the outcomes of children and young people in Northamptonshire and will aim to develop a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish, aiming to deliver at the cutting edge of new innovation.

     

    We are pleased to announce that Ian Curryer has been appointed as our Chair. As a former Chief Executive and DCS he brings valuable leadership as well as children’s services experience which will help drive our vision for improved services for all of our children and young people. We have also recruited four Independent Non-Executive Directors to join the Trust Board which is now operating in shadow form.

    Wholly owned by the councils, the intention is to launch the Trust by 1st April 2021 with a remit to deliver all children’s social care, targeted early help and youth offending services.

     

    Supported by the DfE Commissioners, Andrew Christie and Clare Chamberlain, the Chair, Chief Executive and Independent Non-Executive Directors will be key to the establishment of the Trust, working with a number of key partners including Northamptonshire County Council’s Chief Executive, district councils and in due course the two new unitary authorities.

     

    We are now looking to recruit a new Chief Executive – an individual with strong leadership skills who can help us to drive and deliver transformation and sustained improvement in these challenging times.  You will offer a strong and current understanding of the challenges facing children’s services, good business acumen and an ability to work constructively with the new Board.

     

    For more info, please visit: www.northamptonshirechildrensTrust.co.uk

    For a confidential discussion please call our advising consultants at Penna: Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648 or Helen Alwell 07809 905467

     

    Closing Date: 14th August 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Finance and Resources - Northamptonshire Children's Trust - Closing Date: 14th August 2020 -

    Salary up to £125k

    Location: Northampton

     

    It’s an exciting time to be working in Local Government and Children’s Services in Northamptonshire. In May 2019 the Secretary of State announced the creation of two new unitary authorities and the establishment of a standalone Children’s Trust, which will deliver children’s social care, targeted early help and young offending services to these new organisations in the North and West of Northamptonshire.

     

    The Children’s Trust will allow for a single focus on improving the outcomes of children and young people in Northamptonshire and will aim to develop a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish, aiming to deliver at the cutting edge of new innovation.

     

    We are pleased to announce that Ian Curryer has been appointed as our Chair. As a former Chief Executive and DCS he brings valuable leadership as well as children’s services experience which will help drive our vision for improved services for all of our children and young people. We have also recruited four Non-Executive Directors to join the Trust Board which is now operating in shadow form.

    Wholly owned by the councils, the intention is to launch the Trust by 1st April 2021 with a remit to deliver all children’s social care, targeted early help and youth offending services.

     

    Supported by the DfE Commissioners, Andrew Christie and Clare Chamberlain, the Chair, Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors will be key to the establishment of the Trust, working with a number of key partners including Northamptonshire County Council’s Chief Executive, district councils and in due course the two new unitary authorities.

     

    We are now looking to recruit the Trust’s Director of Finance and Resources –  a key individual with strong financial and business acumen who can help ensure sound probity and that money is directed to the transformation and delivery of services which will change children and young people’s lives for the better.  

     

    For further information please visit: www.northamptonshirechildrensTrust.co.uk

    For a confidential discussion please call our advising consultants at Penna: Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648 or Helen Alwell 07809 905467

     

    Closing Date: 14th August 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Legal and Democratic Services - North Northamptonshire Council (Closing - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Director of Legal & Democratic Services

    North Northamptonshire Council

    Salary: Up to £115k  

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Legal & Democratic Services in one of the new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of the service and the organisation.

     

    You’ll play a critical role in leading our legal and democratic endeavours with a positive and proactive approach. As the designated Monitoring Officer, you will provide expert legal advice to members, senior leaders and management teams, ensuring that governance arrangements are legally compliant and fit for purpose; and that all decisions taken by Councillors and Officers are lawful.  You’ll also need to stay well-versed in wider changes in politics and legislation, to help you devise ways to establish flexible responses with the community. So that means you’ll work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, making you a key change maker in our council.

     

    For this role, you’ll need to be legally qualified, able to lead managers of all levels. You’ll have a high level of political awareness, financial planning and experience of handling transformative large-scale projects. Understanding issues that face Central Government and the possible impact on Local Government structures is essential. We’ll welcome your professionalism and determination, but you’ll also need to think creatively, have exceptional communication skills and show inspirational leadership.

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold

    decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the council and transform the lives of our residents. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

    Apply now
  • Joint Director of Children's Services - North/West Northamptonshire Councils (Closing - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Joint Director of Children’s Services

    North/West Northamptonshire Councils

    Salary: up to £155K

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Children’s Services for both new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future for Children and Young People across the County.

     

    We want our future generations to get the best chance at life. That means supporting them at every stage of development. Fulfilling our strategic vision and advising both Councils on their statutory duties, you’ll make sure all children, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, get high quality, joined up services. Leading service delivery through the new Children’s Trust you will ensure robust and effective contract and financial management of services.  You will also be exceptional at working in collaboration and building crucial partnerships.

     

    With strong strategic leadership, we can support and nurture young lives. That’s why we’re looking for a highly experienced professional who’s delivered transformation in Children’s Services before. Experienced and appropriately qualified you will be adept at leading transformational change; developing effective solutions; and operating sensitively in a political landscape. You’ll also have the substantial background knowledge a role at this level requires. So, you’ll know about local government issues, statutory requirements and the national Children’s Services agenda. Put it all together with your resilience, people skills and passion for supporting residents, and you could be a leader within not one, but two ambitious Councils.  

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold

    decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the councils and transform the lives of our children and young people. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Adult Social Services - West Northamptonshire Council - (Closing - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Director of Adult Social Services

    West Northamptonshire Council

    Salary: Up to £140k

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Adult Services in one of the new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of the service and the organisation.

     

    Our residents and their future will truly be at the heart of everything you do, as you’ll lead the Council’s directorate of Adult Services. You’ll instil safeguarding protocols and oversee the design, procurement and evaluation of high-quality service provision. And your collaborative ethos, means you’ll form effective relationships with elected community leaders to provide supporting information, advice and intelligence. Modelling our values, you’ll inspire others to adopt them – all while working with senior stakeholders to drive organisational development and culture change.

     

    To join, you’ll need to have extensive experience within Adult Services and a background of leading senior teams. You’ll also need extensive knowledge of legislation and statuary obligations that relate to safeguarding vulnerable adults. With this, you’ll have a proven track record implementing major policy initiatives. And, the nature of this role means you’ll need to put people’s needs first, but also have an open mind and be an inspiring and collaborative leader. Your experience and passion mean you’ll know what good looks like, be focused on the future, and hit the ground running.

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold

    decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the council and transform the lives of our residents. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Legal and Democratic Services - West Northamptonshire Council (Closing - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Director of Legal & Democratic Services

    West Northamptonshire Council

    Salary: Up to £115k  

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Legal & Democratic Services in one of the new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of the service and the organisation.

     

    You’ll play a critical role in leading our legal and democratic endeavours with a positive and proactive approach. As the designated Monitoring Officer, you will provide expert legal advice to members, senior leaders and management teams, ensuring that governance arrangements are legally compliant and fit for purpose; and that all decisions taken by Councillors and Officers are lawful.  You’ll also need to stay well-versed in wider changes in politics and legislation, to help you devise ways to establish flexible responses with the community. So that means you’ll work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, making you a key change maker in our council.

     

    For this role, you’ll need to be legally qualified, able to lead managers of all levels. You’ll have a high level of political awareness, financial planning and experience of handling transformative large-scale projects. Understanding issues that face Central Government and the possible impact on Local Government structures is essential. We’ll welcome your professionalism and determination, but you’ll also need to think creatively, have exceptional communication skills and show inspirational leadership.

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold

    decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the council and transform the lives of our residents. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Finance & S151 - West Northamptonshire Council (Closing Date - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Director of Finance (S151)

    West Northamptonshire Council

    Salary: Up to £140k

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Finance in one of the new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of the service and the organisation.

     

    You’ll take the financial lead across the Council on a wide range of projects, as well as being the designated Section 151 Officer, making this a truly varied role. Acting as a strategic change maker, you’ll shape and grow a brand-new organisation. You’ll do this by providing strong leadership and working collaboratively with the community, members, leaders and stakeholders. It also means you’ll come up with strategies that ensure public money is safeguarded and used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively. Plus, you’ll aim to find new financial opportunities, while keeping our residents and businesses at the forefront of your decisions.

     

    You’ll need to be appropriately qualified. Experience of leading large and complex finances essential, and preferably in a local government setting. You’ll need proven experience of managing resources and risk, paired with a high-level of political awareness. And, importantly, you’ll need to be self-motivated, have great interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to changes with a positive approach. With your confidence and background, you’ll hit the ground running.

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the council and transform the lives of our residents. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

    Apply now
  • Business Change Manager, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Thurs 21st July at 12 midday) -

    When you transform our IT service, you’ll improve 300,000 lives.

     

    Tower Hamlets is a vibrant borough at the heart of London’s East End. And, with one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, we’re continuing to grow. So, we need to ensure we can meet the current and future needs of the borough. That’s why we’re investing heavily in our IT service.

     

    We’ve already made significant progress with our centralised team, but we want to go even further. We’re driving two change programmes, alongside a portfolio of other projects to enhance and upgrade our IT capabilities. It means it’s an incredibly exciting time to join our IT service. We’re looking for people who can help us modernise our infrastructure, replace platforms and move to a service orientated IT function.

     

    To help us do just that, we’re looking for an ambitious, innovative and determined individual to join us as Business Change Manager.

     

    When you join, you’ll shape the future of our entire IT function – and positively impact over 300,000 residents. Ready?

     

    For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultants at Penna: Jo Cumper on 07925 894863 or Matthew Lees on 07716 088643. To apply, visit http://execroles.penna.com/

     

    Please note these positions can be undertaken as remote working opportunities, available to candidates across the UK, with the min requirement to attend the office only 4 times a year (you can, of course, choose to attend more if preferred).

     

    Closing date: Noon on Tuesday 21st July 2020.

     

    Apply now
  • Head of IT Service Delivery, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Tuesday 21st July at 12 midday) -

    When you transform our IT service, you’ll improve 300,000 lives.

     

    Tower Hamlets is a vibrant borough at the heart of London’s East End. And, with one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, we’re continuing to grow. So, we need to ensure we can meet the current and future needs of the borough. That’s why we’re investing heavily in our IT service.

     

    We’ve already made significant progress with our centralised team, but we want to go even further. We’re driving two change programmes, alongside a portfolio of other projects to enhance and upgrade our IT capabilities. It means it’s an incredibly exciting time to join our IT service. We’re looking for people who can help us modernise our infrastructure, replace platforms and move to a service orientated IT function.

     

    To help us do just that, we’re looking for an ambitious, innovative and determined individual to join us as Head of IT Service Delivery.

     

    When you join, you’ll shape the future of our entire IT function – and positively impact over 300,000 residents. Ready?

     

    For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultant at Penna: Jo Cumper on 07925 894863. To apply, visit http://execroles.penna.com/

     

    Please note these positions can be undertaken as remote working opportunities, available to candidates across the UK, with the min requirement to attend the office only 4 times a year (you can, of course, choose to attend more if preferred).

     

    Closing date: Noon on Tuesday 21st July 2020.

     

    Apply now
  • Head of IT Office, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Tuesday 21st July at 12 midday) -

    When you transform our IT service, you’ll improve 300,000 lives.

     

    Tower Hamlets is a vibrant borough at the heart of London’s East End. And, with one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, we’re continuing to grow. So, we need to ensure we can meet the current and future needs of the borough. That’s why we’re investing heavily in our IT service.

     

    We’ve already made significant progress with our centralised team, but we want to go even further. We’re driving two change programmes, alongside a portfolio of other projects to enhance and upgrade our IT capabilities. It means it’s an incredibly exciting time to join our IT service. We’re looking for people who can help us modernise our infrastructure, replace platforms and move to a service orientated IT function.

     

    To help us do just that, we’re looking for an ambitious, innovative and determined individual to join us as Head of IT Office.

     

    When you join, you’ll shape the future of our entire IT function – and positively impact over 300,000 residents. Ready?

     

    For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultant at Penna: Jo Cumper on 07925 894863. To apply, visit http://execroles.penna.com/

     

    Please note these positions can be undertaken as remote working opportunities, available to candidates across the UK, with the min requirement to attend the office only 4 times a year (you can, of course, choose to attend more if preferred).

     

    Closing date: Noon on Tuesday 21st July 2020.

     

    Apply now
  • Senior Responsible Officer, Adult Education - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (Closing Date: 9am Thursday 16th July 2020) -

    Senior Responsible Officer – Adult Education

    Location: Flexible across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Salary Range: Competitive Senior Package

    Hours: Full Time

    Contract: Permanent

    Closing Date: 9am Thursday 16th July 2020

     

    An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Business & Skills Team at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

     

    The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work.

     

    Job Summary

    To provide leadership and management of Adult Education funding and provision in C&P:

    • Successfully transform the delivery and outcome efficacy of Adult Education in line with the set objectives.

    • Successfully develop and deliver an argument, leading to the future devolution of all 16-18 vocational education budgets to the CPCA.

     

    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead, manage and motivate a team of staff to design programmes of work to drive policy development and defined delivery improvement objectives. Oversee the Adult Education Budget (AEB) Devolution Process for the Combined Authority, including creating and developing the processes, policy and procedures to support commissioning and delivery.

    • Lead a programme of work to create and implement the first standalone AEB Skills Plan on behalf of the Mayor. To ensure that the AEB Skills Plan is connected with the CPCA Skills Strategy.  Further to lead on the development and management of adult learning and skills plans, strategies and activity responding to changing needs of employers, learners and funding provision, taking into account economic and skills shift patterns resulting from the impacts of COVID 19.  

    • Provide senior level strategic oversight for the devolution of AEB (approximately £12 million per annum).  Including directing the annual development of a Skills Statement, Skills Funding Statement and Commissioning Plan.  

    • To direct the development and implementation of the AEB business cycle from project contract to completion; including contract and partner negotiations, contract management, audit, quality assurance and compliance processes to prepare for the devolution of skills funding and powers to Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

    • Ensure effective management of the AEB team and the 17 sub-contractors for AEB delivery, by formulating clear staff and contractual objectives and targets, sound performance management and monitoring arrangements and by delivering the Strategic Plan and policies set out in the LIS and AEB Commissioning Strategy, through attainment of the specific set objectives.

    • Facilitate partnerships and support providers to strengthen and broaden the regional skills offer including developing innovative approaches to ensuring the workforce and potential workforce is appropriately skilled – including being the liaison for Adult Education across the OxCam Arc on education devolution.

     

    Qualifications and Knowledge

    • Detailed knowledge of how the AEB grant funded and procured market works, its contribution to FE college and ITP business models and how it can leverage, and be leveraged by, other education revenue streams in those businesses

    • Detailed knowledge of the various forms of skills development and community learning currently delivered in England funded through AEB, and a sound grasp of the efficacy and impact across them

    • Working knowledge of the operations and structures of the HMG AEB teams within DfE and policy direction of travel

    • Awareness of the delivery strategies of the MCAs including best practice across the Mayoral Combined Authorities in delivering and transforming AEB to meet economic as well as societal needs

    • Sound knowledge of budgetary, contract and project management tools and techniques including:

    o Developing a positive and compelling vision and strategic transformation plan

    o Translating complex and diverse threats and issues into positive action

    o Integrating partners in strategic thinking and incorporating their views into plans

    o Setting priorities to maintain performance against plan in fast changing environments

    o Developing an organisation that learns from experience, success and failure

    • Degree level or equivalent industry/sector experience

     

    The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

     

    Under the Data Protection Act 2018, CPCA reserve the right to collect, store and process personal data about job applicants in so far as it is relevant to recruitment processes. This includes processing sensitive data for the purposes of monitoring the CA’s equality and diversity policy.  All personal information held by the CPCA will be processed in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

     

    Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, who values diversity and promotes equality. CPCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by Equality Act 2010. All employment is decided on qualifications, merit, and business need and we encourage applications from all sections of society. If you would like any reasonable adjustments or additional arrangements, please contact us via the details below.

     

    For further information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact our retained Executive Search partners Penna:

    Charles Wilson at charles.wilson@penna.com 07801 880420

    Claudia Sousa at claudia.sousa@penna.com 07763 580368

     

    To download a copy of the candidate briefing pack please click the apply button below.

     

    Apply now
  • Senior Responsible Officer - Workforce & Skills - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (Closing Date: 9am Thursday 16th July 2020) -

    Senior Responsible Officer – Workforce Skills

    Location: Flexible across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Salary Range: Competitive Senior Salary

    Hours: Full Time

    Contract: Permanent

    Closing Date: Thursday 16th July 2020

     

    An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Business & Skills Team at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

     

    The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work.

     

    Job Summary

    To provide leadership and management of Workforce Skills funding for Apprenticeship Levy, National Retraining Scheme, National Skills Fund and Skills Provision in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (C&P).

    • Successfully transform the delivery and outcome efficacy of Apprenticeships, work placements, T Levels and traineeships, as well as workforce retraining in line with the set objectives.

    • Successfully develop and deliver an argument, leading to the future devolution of the National Skills Fund, National Retraining Scheme and Apprenticeship Levy budgets to the CPCA.

     

    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead, manage and motivate a team of staff to design programmes of work to drive policy development and defined delivery improvement objectives. Oversee the effective operational devolution of apprenticeship funding through the creation of an apprenticeship levy marketplace in the C&P economy. Including creating and developing the processes, policy and procedures to support the financing, commissioning and delivery of apprenticeships using a £10m pa apprenticeship levy pot.

    • To ensure that the Workforce Skills Plan is connected with the CPCA Skills Strategy.  Further to lead on the development and management of workforce training and skills plans, strategies and activity responding to changing needs of employers, learners and funding provision, taking into account economic and skills shift patterns resulting from the impacts of COVID 19.  

    • To direct the development and implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy Marketplace, through the implementation and commissioning of the CPCA Skills Brokerage Service from project contract to completion; including contract and partner negotiations, contract management, audit, quality assurance and compliance processes to prepare for the devolution of NSF, NRS and apprenticeship levy funding and powers to Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

    • Represent the Mayor and the CPCA on all activity related to Workforce Skills, NSF and NRS within the various skills forums operated across the M9 MCAs. Provide thought leadership within the M9 group on transforming workforce skills transformation to meet economic needs, especially in levelling-up for left-behind towns and places. Ensure effective management of the £10m pa apprenticeship levy marketplace and the £4m Skills Brokerage, as well as the related 30 or so sub-contractors for apprenticeship delivery, by formulating clear staff and contractual objectives and targets, sound performance management and monitoring arrangements and by delivering the Strategic Plan and policies set out in the LIS through attainment of specific objectives.

     

    Qualifications and Knowledge

    • Detailed knowledge of how the apprenticeship market works, its contribution to FE college and ITP business models and how it can leverage, and be leveraged by, other education revenue streams in those businesses

    • Detailed knowledge of the various forms of skills development currently delivered in England funded through the apprenticeship levy, and a sound grasp of the efficacy and impact across them

    • Working knowledge of the operations and structures of the ESFA teams within DfE and policy direction of travel

    • Awareness of the delivery strategies of the MCAs including best practice across the Mayoral Combined Authorities in delivering and transforming workforce skills, apprenticeships, T Levels, traineeship’s and adult retraining, to meet economic as well as societal needs

    • Sound knowledge of budgetary, contract and project management tools and techniques including:

    o Developing a positive and compelling vision and strategic transformation plan

    o Translating complex and diverse threats and issues into positive action

    o Integrating partners in strategic thinking and incorporating their views into plans

    o Setting priorities to maintain performance against plan in fast changing environments

    o Developing an organisation that learns from experience, success and failure

    • Degree level or equivalent industry/sector experience

     

    The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

     

    Under the Data Protection Act 2018, CPCA reserve the right to collect, store and process personal data about job applicants in so far as it is relevant to recruitment processes. This includes processing sensitive data for the purposes of monitoring the CA’s equality and diversity policy.  All personal information held by the CPCA will be processed in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

     

    Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, who values diversity and promotes equality. CPCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by Equality Act 2010. All employment is decided on qualifications, merit, and business need and we encourage applications from all sections of society. If you would like any reasonable adjustments or additional arrangements, please contact us via the details below.

     

    For further information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact our retained Executive Search partners Penna:

    Charles Wilson at charles.wilson@penna.com 07801 880420

    Claudia Sousa at claudia.sousa@penna.com 07763 580368

     

    To download a copy of the candidate briefing pack please click the apply button below.

     

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  • Senior Responsible Officer - Higher Education - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (Closing Date: 9am Thursday 16th July 2020) -

    Senior Responsible Officer – Higher Education

    Location: Flexible across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Salary Range: Competitive Senior Salary

    Hours: Full Time

    Contract: Permanent

    Closing Date: Thursday 16th July 2020

     

    An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Business & Skills Team at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

     

    The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work.

     

    Job Summary

    To deliver all 3 Phases of the University of Peterborough, to deliver a capacity of 10,000 students by 2032 and title for The University of Peterborough.

     

    Lead, manage and motivate a team of 20 specialist and multi-disciplinary consultants to design and deliver a university; site, building, M&E, equipment, academic delivery model, business model and curriculum model to deliver the transformation of HE provision in Peterborough and the Fens through delivery of the objectives. Oversee an effective £100m operational programme to support the financing, commissioning and delivery of a major new university in Peterborough.

     

    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead a programme of work to create and implement the first independent university in Peterborough, effectively delivering one of the two key devolution commitments made by the Mayor.

    • To ensure that the curriculum and delivery model of the university is connected with the CPCA Skills Strategy.  Further to lead on the development and management of a team of 20 consultants to develop an effective delivery strategy, whilst activity responding to changing needs of employers, students and funding providers, taking into account economic and skills shift patterns resulting from the impacts of COVID 19.  

    • Provide senior level strategic oversight for the delivery of the £100m university of Peterborough project.  Including directing the three phased fund raising campaign and associated bids to local, regional and national government through; LGF, ERDF, ESF, SPF and the one-year CSR of 2020 and three-year CSR of 2021.

    • Manage and monitor a wide portfolio of projects across the three delivery phases od deliver (approx. £100m) efficiently and effectively and oversee the management of contracts with external suppliers, leveraging them over a period of six years to transform how much and how higher education is delivered, to generate measurable impacts on C&Ps productivity performance and the current levels of educational deprivation and the leading indicators for such impacts to be met.

    • Ensure effective management of the £100m university budget, as well as the related 50 or so sub-contractors for education and building delivery, by formulating clear staff and contractual objectives and targets, sound performance management and monitoring arrangements and by delivering the Strategic Plan and policies set out in the LIS through attainment of the specific objectives.

     

    Qualifications and Knowledge

    • Detailed knowledge of how the higher education market works, its contribution to the business community and the FE college and ITP business models, including how HE provision can be leveraged by other education revenue streams, such as the apprenticeship levy.

    • Detailed knowledge of the various forms of HE curriculum models and delivery models currently delivered in England funded through the DfE or privately, and a sound grasp of the efficacy and impact across them

    • Working knowledge of the operations and structures of HMG, including the DfE academic funding teams and the BEIS innovation funding teams, and policy direction of travel.

    • Awareness of the HE and innovation eco-system delivery strategies of the MCAs including best practice across the Mayoral Combined Authorities in delivering HE and transforming innovation support to their businesses, to meet economic as well as societal needs

    • Sound knowledge of budgetary, contract and project management tools and techniques including:

    o Developing a positive and compelling vision and strategic transformation plan

    o Translating complex and diverse threats and issues into positive action

    o Integrating partners in strategic thinking and incorporating their views into plans

    o Setting priorities to maintain performance against plan in fast changing environments

    o Developing an organisation that learns from experience, success and failure

    • Degree level or equivalent industry/sector experience

     

    The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

     

    Under the Data Protection Act 2018, CPCA reserve the right to collect, store and process personal data about job applicants in so far as it is relevant to recruitment processes. This includes processing sensitive data for the purposes of monitoring the CA’s equality and diversity policy.  All personal information held by the CPCA will be processed in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

     

    Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, who values diversity and promotes equality. CPCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by Equality Act 2010. All employment is decided on qualifications, merit, and business need and we encourage applications from all sections of society. If you would like any reasonable adjustments or additional arrangements, please contact us via the details below.

     

    For further information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact our retained Executive Search partners Penna:

    Charles Wilson at charles.wilson@penna.com 07801 880420

    Claudia Sousa at claudia.sousa@penna.com 07763 580368

     

    To download a copy of the candidate briefing pack please click the apply button below.

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  • Head of Strategic Finance (Chief Accountant), London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Monday 27th July at 9:00am) -

    London Borough of Tower Hamlets

    Head of Strategic Finance (Chief Accountant)

    c.£80,000 per annum

     

    The Best of London in One Borough

     

    London has been moving east, and Tower Hamlets is now at its heart. We are the new East End that epitomises both the capital’s past and its future. With one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, our economy has the third largest output in the UK with 291,000 employees. This, alongside our award-winning parks, international cultural destinations and world class learning institutions makes Tower Hamlets one of the most popular places to live, work, study and play. We’re continuing to grow, and we want to improve our services and meet the current and future demands of the borough.

     

    We have come a long way over the past few years. We are already winning awards, but our ambition is much greater than being good – we want to become a recognised leader in excellent public service and help improve more lives at a faster rate than ever before. It’s safe to say we’ve got masses of ambition, especially for our finance team.

     

    We aim to create a brand new culture, improve our processes and inspire new and existing talent – that’s why we’ve recently restructured our finance function. We’re now looking for someone to lead and develop our financial accounting service and shape the department; a hugely exciting chance to breathe new life into the services and team. We’re looking for a highly resilient and ambitious individual to make a lasting difference.

     

    This is an opportunity to join a well-resourced finance function and a successful local authority. Tower Hamlets has sizeable balances and reserves, plus an exciting capital programme that includes major plans for housebuilding. However, we need to strengthen our team to enable the successful delivery of our new strategic plan. Your expertise will be essential as the Council undergoes large-scale transformation and responds to the challenges and opportunities post-COVID. As Chief Accountant, you and your team will have a critical role to play in our future.

     

    We seek an experienced Chief Accountant with significant prior experience of closing the accounts and managing budgets of a local authority. You will have expert technical knowledge and will be able to tackle strategic financial management challenges as well as understand regulatory frameworks, capital strategy management and the collection fund; these will all be part of your expertise.

     

    A CIPFA-qualified accountant with a proven track record, you will ensure that our accounts are closed accurately and efficiently. With the help of a sector-leading finance team, you’ll oversee the annual closure of accounts, consolidate regular reporting of financial performance and lead our capital accounting function. As well as being a source of motivation for your staff, you’ll be key to our capital strategy and the main contact for external audits. In short, you’ll be vital to our finance department and to the wider Council, upholding the highest professional standards.   

     

    We offer good rewards and a vibrant working environment in which to advance your skills and career and to expand your learning and development. From 2022, our team will be based in Whitechapel in smart, modern offices.

     

    Join us and help make our borough a safer, cleaner and fairer place to live.

     

    For further information and to apply, please visit www.londoninoneborough.com, where you will also find contact details of our retained consultants at Penna who are available for a confidential discussion.

     

    Closing date: 9am on Monday 27th July 2020.

     

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  • Head of Strategic Finance (Children & Culture, Schools' Finance), London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Monday 27th July at 9:00am) -

    London Borough of Tower Hamlets

    Head of Strategic Finance (Children & Culture, Schools’ Finance)

    c.£80,000 per annum

     

    The Best of London in One Borough

     

    London has been moving east, and Tower Hamlets is now at its heart. We are the new East End that epitomises both the capital’s past and its future. With one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, our economy has the third largest output in the UK with 291,000 employees. This, alongside our award-winning parks, international cultural destinations and world class learning institutions makes Tower Hamlets one of the most popular places to live, work, study and play. We’re continuing to grow, and we want to improve our services and meet the current and future demands of the borough.

     

    We have come a long way over the past few years. We are already winning awards, but our ambition is much greater than being good – we want to become a recognised leader in excellent public service and help improve more lives at a faster rate than ever before. It’s safe to say we’ve got masses of ambition, especially for our finance team.

     

    We want to create a brand new culture, improve our processes and inspire new and existing talent. As part of this, we’ve restructured our finance function and are experiencing some of the biggest changes we’ve ever gone through. So, it’s a hugely exciting time to join us and breathe new life into this service and the team. We’re looking for a highly resilient and ambitious individual to make a lasting difference.

     

    This is an opportunity to join a well-resourced finance function and a successful local authority. Tower Hamlets has sizeable balances and reserves, plus an exciting capital programme that includes major plans for housebuilding. However, we need to strengthen our team to enable the successful delivery of our new strategic plan. Your expertise will be essential as the Council undergoes large-scale transformation and responds to the challenges and opportunities post-COVID. As Head of Strategic Finance for Children, Culture and Schools’ Finance, you and your team will have a critical role to play in our future.

     

    Your main task will be to lead strategic resource planning for our Education & Children’s Services. As a key member of the financial management team, you’ll help directorates to make the right decisions when it comes to commercial negotiations. You will also have the chance to make the most of alternative approaches to service delivery through smart, creative ideas. At the same time, you’ll be forging networks, supporting the Section 151 Officer and leading a respected finance team.

     

    We’re looking for a CCAB/CIMA-qualified accountant (preferably CIPFA) with an expert grasp of strategic financial management. Having worked with either children’s or schools’ financial services before, you’ll bring solid and extensive experience. With this background, you’ll know about relevant regulatory frameworks and how to achieve improvements. In short, you’ll be a skilled and respected expert who is comfortable working with senior council officers, elected members, headteachers and governors alike. Credibility will be important as you lead your team and work with senior figures. Influential and supportive, you know exactly how to get the best out of people.

     

    We offer good rewards and a vibrant working environment in which to advance your skills and career and to expand your learning and development. From 2022, our team will be based in Whitechapel in smart, modern offices.

     

    Join us and help make our borough a safer, cleaner and fairer place to live.

     

    For further information and to apply, please visit www.londoninoneborough.com, where you will also find contact details of our retained consultants at Penna who are available for a confidential discussion.

     

    Closing date: 9am on Monday 27th July 2020.

     

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  • Head of Strategic Finance (Health, Adults & Community), London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Monday 27th July at 9:00am) -

    London Borough of Tower Hamlets

    Head of Strategic Finance (Health, Adults & Community).

    c.£80,000 per annum

     

    The Best of London in One Borough

     

    London has been moving east, and Tower Hamlets is now at its heart. We are the new East End that epitomises both the capital’s past and its future. With one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, our economy has the third largest output in the UK with 291,000 employees. This, alongside our award-winning parks, international cultural destinations and world class learning institutions makes Tower Hamlets one of the most popular places to live, work, study and play. We’re continuing to grow, and we want to improve our services and meet the current and future demands of the borough.

     

    We have come a long way over the past few years. We are already winning awards, but our ambition is much greater than being good – we want to become a recognised leader in excellent public service and help improve more lives at a faster rate than ever before. It’s safe to say we’ve got masses of ambition, especially for our finance team.

     

    We want to create a brand new culture, improve our processes and inspire new and existing talent. As part of this, we’ve restructured our finance function and are experiencing some of the biggest changes we’ve ever gone through. So, it’s a hugely exciting time to join us and breathe new life into this service and the team. We’re looking for a highly resilient and ambitious individual to make a lasting difference.

     

    This is an opportunity to join a well-resourced finance function and a successful local authority. Tower Hamlets has sizeable balances and reserves, plus an exciting capital programme that includes major plans for housebuilding. However, we need to strengthen our team to enable the successful delivery of our new strategic plan. Your expertise will be essential as the Council undergoes large-scale transformation and responds to the challenges and opportunities post-COVID. As Head of Strategic Finance for Health, Adults and Community Services, you and your team will have a critical role to play in our future.

     

    It takes smart strategic planning to run efficient Adult Services and, as Head of Strategic Finance, you’ll help to deliver the necessary resources. A key member of the financial leadership team, you will deputise for the Divisional Director and help senior leaders with commercial negotiations. You’ll also identify sound ideas that will help us make the most of alternative approaches to service delivery. Since innovative thinking is important, you’ll broaden your insight by building networks within the Council and across the wider public sector. This input will also help you to advise and represent the Section 151 Officer, lead a high-performing finance team and uphold high standards of governance.

     

    We’re looking for a CCAB/CIMA-qualified accountant (preferably CIPFA) with an expert grasp of strategic financial management. Ideally, you’ll have worked with regulatory accountancy frameworks before, preferably in Adult Services. With this background, you’ll know how to appraise projects financially, improve value for money and give clear, strategic advice. Crucially, you will identify innovative means of financing large-scale services and, with this expertise, comes the ability to lead Council-wide cultural change. A skilled team manager with excellent people skills, you’ll quickly win the respect of your team, peers and other senior leaders.

     

    We offer good rewards and a vibrant working environment in which to advance your skills and career and to expand your learning and development. From 2022, our team will be based in Whitechapel in smart, modern offices.

     

    Join us and help make our borough a safer, cleaner and fairer place to live.

     

    For further information and to apply, please visit www.londoninoneborough.com, where you will also find contact details of our retained consultants at Penna who are available for a confidential discussion.

     

    Closing date: 9am on Monday 27th July 2020.

     

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  • Divisional Director Finance, Procurement and Audit, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Close date: Monday 27th July at 9:00am) -

    London Borough of Tower Hamlets

    Divisional Director – Finance, Procurement and Audit

    Up to £116,000 per annum

     

    The Best of London in One Borough

     

    London has been moving east, and Tower Hamlets is now at its heart. We are the new East End that epitomises both the capital’s past and its future. With one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, our economy has the third largest output in the UK with 291,000 employees. This, alongside our award-winning parks, international cultural destinations and world class learning institutions makes Tower Hamlets one of the most popular places to live, work, study and play. We’re continuing to grow, and we want to improve our services and meet the current and future demands of the borough.

     

    We have come a long way over the past few years. We are already winning awards, but our ambition is much greater than being good – we want to become a recognised leader in excellent public service and help improve more lives at a faster rate than ever before. It’s safe to say we’ve got masses of ambition, especially for our finance team.

     

    We aim to create a brand new culture, improve our processes and inspire new and existing talent – that’s why we’ve recently restructured our finance function. We’re now looking for someone to develop our financial services and shape the department; a hugely exciting chance to breathe new life into the services and team. With your passion, energy and expertise, as the new Divisional Director you’ll be pivotal to our future.

     

    Working alongside the Corporate Director of Resources, the Council’s S151 Officer and other senior leaders, you’ll focus on making sure our finance department is fully equipped to support the needs of the borough. As the Council’s Deputy S151 Officer, you’ll provide strategic direction on all matters relating to finance, procurement, audit and risk. You’ll also prioritise continuous improvement, inspiring everyone to find the very best solutions to improve our residents’ quality of life.

     

    Creating effective relationships is a key part of this role. Whilst keeping a close eye on efficiencies, you’ll work hand in hand with external organisations and funding bodies, who will be key to maximising our opportunities. You will manage our budgets and income sources, ensuring robust controls are in place to protect our resources. It’s about looking after our performance whilst developing our teams.

     

    As our new Divisional Director, you will have extensive senior finance experience, ideally within a Local Government setting. With a background of managing complex teams under pressure, you’ll be a calm and confident problem-solver with excellent communication skills and the ability to confidently negotiate with others. Adaptable, driven and resilient, you’ll thrive on building and developing people in this key leadership role.

     

    We offer good rewards and a vibrant working environment in which to advance your skills and career and to expand your learning and development. From 2022, our team will be based in Whitechapel in smart, modern offices.

     

    Join us and help make our borough a safer, cleaner and fairer place to live.

     

    For further information and to apply, please visit www.londoninoneborough.com, where you will also find contact details of our retained consultants at Penna who are available for a confidential discussion.

     

    Closing date: 9am on Monday 27th July 2020.

     

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  • Development Director, Hertsmere Development Ltd (Closing Date Friday 24th July) -

    Circa: £85,000

     

    Hertsmere Development Ltd (HDL) is a wholly-owned property development company set up to deliver economic regeneration, local housing and a financial return to the Council’s revenue funding.  Backed by loan finance from Hertsmere Borough Council, and with access to further land holdings across the borough, Hertsmere Development Ltd is in a strong position to succeed.

     

    HDL now need a Development Director to work in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council and the private sector. This role will report both to the Board of HDL and also to the Executive Director in Hertsmere Borough Council. As our new Development Director, you will need to hit the ground running - refreshing existing business plan in respect of our capital investments, land, developments and more. This is a great opportunity for a development professional to help shape Hertsmere Development Ltd and further your career. Together with colleagues and the council’s senior management team, you will be working to make our ambitions a reality. You will also be joining in a time of important change and development.

     

    To be successful in this role, you will bring a strong track record within the property development field and have clear delivery, development and technical expertise.  You will need to have the excellent negotiation skills, tact and diplomacy to work with a wide variety of stakeholders. You will also be resilient, driven, commercial and entrepreneurial in outlook and share our passion for delivering first class services.

     

    If you are an inspirational and motivational leader, who likes a challenge, embraces change and wants to work for a forward thinking and ambitious organisation we want to hear from you.

     

    For a confidential discussion, please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692.  

     

    To download a copy of the candidate briefing pack please click the apply button below.

     

    Closing date: Friday 24th July 2020

     

     

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  • Chief Executive - Shropshire Council (Closing Date: 9am Friday 24th July 2020) -

    Chief Executive

    Attractive salary + benefits

     

    Lead progress in one the UK’s most beautiful rural counties

     

    As we plan a future strategy for Shropshire, there’s much to think about. There’s everything from advancing our digital transformation to regeneration on the agenda, plus the challenge of progression in a post-Covid-19 world. As Chief Executive, you’ll lead our stunning rural county to a prosperous future for our 325,000 residents.  Capable and commercially smart, you’ll have the energy and inspiration to drive our council forward.

     

    A unitary authority since 2009, Shropshire offers many exciting projects as well as a beautiful place to work. There are major regeneration initiatives including the redevelopment of three shopping centres; the challenge of managing adult care; plus the chance to boost economic development. The need for digital transformation is also key, with Covid-19 underlining the case for remote working.

     

    As Chief Executive, you’ll provide strategic direction to accomplish the complex changes ahead. At the same time, you’ll guide our performance and service plans, ensure we meet statutory requirements and advise Members and the Council Management Team.  The allocation of resources is a critical responsibility, especially in these challenging times, so you’ll explore commercial options to achieve value for money and high quality services.

     

    Degree-qualified (or equivalent) with a relevant management qualification, you’ll already have substantial experience at board or senior management level. You’ll therefore know how to manage diverse functions, develop teams and get the best out of leaders. You’ll be just as adept at handling strategy and finance in complex organisations.

     

    In addition to a proven track record, you’ll bring an in-depth understanding of local government and excellent people skills. Together, these abilities will help you shift our organisation to a more public-facing, community-focused culture.

     

    If you recognize the beauty and potential of our historic county, join us and help us shape its achievements and future.

     

    For a confidential discussion, please contact David Slatter on 07500 828610 or Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 at our recruitment partners Penna.

     

    For more information please visit http://www.futureshropshire.com/

     

    To apply please click the button below.

     

    Closing date: 9am Friday 24th July 2020

     

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  • Assistant Director, Finance & Estates (Deputy S151), Stevenage Borough Council (Closing Date: 9am Monday 20th July) -

    Stevenage is a thriving town full of opportunities for our communities, led by an innovative Council. Our motto is “the heart of the town lies in its people” and with everything from world-class R&D companies to our four award-winning Green Flag parks all located here, our people are at the heart of what we do.

     

    As an ambitious Council located in an ambitious town, we have a reputation for punching above our weight and have set a new corporate mission to make Stevenage Even Better, with big ambitions to become a destination town of the future. In support of these aims, we seek an equally ambitious leader to provide strategic direction across the Council’s range of Finance and Estates services.

     

    A qualified accountant with proven experience of leading effective public sector finances, you will ensure robust financial models and systems are in place, supporting the S151 Officer to deliver our corporate growth aims. Alongside this, you will be the lead Assistant Director for the Council’s estates services, supported by a Head of Estates Services, to optimise opportunities within our extensive £3m commercial portfolio.

     

    Working closely with political stakeholders and Senior Officers, you will translate strategy into deliverable plans through effective leadership and partnership working to optimise key opportunities across the borough. Join us and help put Stevenage on the map.

     

    For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Helen Anderson on 07936 329908.

     

    For further information, please visit www.futurestevenage.com

     

    Closing Date: 9am on Monday 20th July 2020.

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  • Director of Finance & S151 - North Northamptonshire Council (Closing - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Director of Finance (S151)

    North Northamptonshire Council

    Salary: Up to £140k

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Finance in one of the new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of the service and the organisation.

     

    You’ll take the financial lead across the Council on a wide range of projects, as well as being the designated Section 151 Officer, making this a truly varied role. Acting as a strategic change maker, you’ll shape and grow a brand-new organisation. You’ll do this by providing strong leadership and working collaboratively with the community, members, leaders and stakeholders. It also means you’ll come up with strategies that ensure public money is safeguarded and used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively. Plus, you’ll aim to find new financial opportunities, while keeping our residents and businesses at the forefront of your decisions.

     

    You’ll need to be appropriately qualified. Experience of leading large and complex finances essential, and preferably in a local government setting. You’ll need proven experience of managing resources and risk, paired with a high-level of political awareness. And, importantly, you’ll need to be self-motivated, have great interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to changes with a positive approach. With your confidence and background, you’ll hit the ground running.

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold

    decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the council and transform the lives of our residents. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

     

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  • Director of Adult Social Services - North Northamptonshire Council (Closing - Monday 20th July 2020) -

    Director of Adult Social Services

    North Northamptonshire Council

    Salary: Up to £140k

     

    Shape the future.

     

    Northamptonshire has a lot to offer – a great history, thriving industries and beautiful towns. And with lots of handy transport links, we’re also an easily accessible county, situated right in the heart of England. We’re proud of our heritage, but we’re excited about our future. It’s an exciting time, as we’re now creating two brand-new unitary councils in both the North and West of Northants. As Director of Adult Services in one of the new authorities you’ll be pivotal in shaping the future of the service and the organisation.

     

    Our residents and their future will truly be at the heart of everything you do, as you’ll lead the Council’s directorate of Adult Services. You’ll instil safeguarding protocols and oversee the design, procurement and evaluation of high-quality service provision. And your collaborative ethos, means you’ll form effective relationships with elected community leaders to provide supporting information, advice and intelligence. Modelling our values, you’ll inspire others to adopt them – all while working with senior stakeholders to drive organisational development and culture change.

     

    To join, you’ll need to have extensive experience within Adult Services and a background of leading senior teams. You’ll also need extensive knowledge of legislation and statuary obligations that relate to safeguarding vulnerable adults. With this, you’ll have a proven track record implementing major policy initiatives. And, the nature of this role means you’ll need to put people’s needs first, but also have an open mind and be an inspiring and collaborative leader. Your experience and passion mean you’ll know what good looks like, be focused on the future, and hit the ground running.

     

    We’ve got the chance to improve what’s gone before. We’re not afraid to make bold

    decisions and do things differently. So, when you join, you’ll be an advocate for the council and transform the lives of our residents. And you’ll shape our future. For further information go to http://www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk/

     

    Apply now